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Movin' Out, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Homeless & Housing, Housing Rehabilitation, Housing Support, Human Services

Mission: Movin' Out, in partnership with people with disabilities and their allies, creates and sustains community-integrated, safe, affordable housing solutions.

Results: More than 1,500 Wisconsin households have been provided with housing counseling and gap financing to either purchase their first home or rehab their current one.

Target demographics: Children and adults with permanent disabilities including:physical, developmental/cognitive, medical, mental health, et.al.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 100

Geographic areas served: Wisconsin - all 72 counties

Programs: Down Payment Assistance; Rehab; Rental Housing; Housing Trust; Housing Information & Referral

Community Stories

30 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Movin Out help us buy our first house. We could not have done it without their help. This is a great organziation and should be commended for all of the good work they do.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

This is perhaps the best not for profit organization I have worked with in my 30 year career. Claudia Vlisides, CPA

1 Gail J.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am guardian for a man with developmental disabilities who was the first person to purchase a home through Movin Out. It would never have happened without their help. They are the best organization in the country with a mission help people to acquire stable permanent housing. I know many people who have benefited from their expertise and assistance. A true gift to Wisconsin.

1 Roy F.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Movin' Out has helped clients of mine who have disabilities to become homeowners, in Madison and other parts of the state, both through solid housing counseling and deferred-payment financing. They have been very prompt and helpful in providing details of housing plans needed to complete legal work to make homeownership possible and take advantage of other funding sources.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Movin' Out is the only statewide organization in Wisconsin that is committed to developing safe, affordable and accessible housing for people with disabilities and their families. The guiding value is to develop housing that is scattered throughout the community, so that people with disabilities live, work and play where other people with or without disabilities live. This work is complex, it requires many fiscal partners as well as as partnerships with organizations that provide supports to people with disabilities. And most importantly, it requires that Movin Out always listens to the people who need housing. Movin Out changes people's lives. So far, over one thousand persons with disabilities who live across the state own their own homes thanks to Movin Out. And many people live in accessible, safe and affordable rental units developed by Movin Out.This commitment to bringing people home makes Movin Out a truly great non-profit organization!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

People with disabilities have extremely low incomes, they often need to make due for about $700 each month. There are few more important things for any human being than a safe, affordable place to call home. Movin' Out Inc. is an organization that helps people with disabilities to have a real home. Across Wisconsin, over one thousand people with disabilities own their own home because Movin' Out Inc helped them with the complex process of getting grants and low interest loans so that they can afford their own home. Movin' Out Inc also owns and manages rental units for people with disabilities. The greatest strength of MOI is its deep commitment to respecting people with disabilities, listening to their voices and developing normal housing that is part of regular communities. MOI staff competence in understanding the complex world of housing financing and their ability to develop effective partnership is they key to the succesful outcomes.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Movin' Out began as a small NGO assisting people and families with disabilites find affoordable, long-term owner occupied housing; working with very limited incomes, Movin' Out has found homes for over 1,000 families. After merging with a similar oraganization, Movin' Out now provides rental housing; we work with service providers to match indivduals and families with housing. As a Board member I am extremely proud of the expertise of our staff, and how they work to make housing options available relying on serveral sources of funds to make a home a reality.

Genell B.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been newly assigned to the board of directors this year in order to share the perspective of a client served. I am very excited to share my advocacy experience to make a positive impact on a group such as this one. My family and I were on the verge of homelessness when the opportunity to be supported by a Movin' Out program was made available to us. They have continued to treat us with dignity and respect throughout the entire process and we sincerely appreciate that. Who knows what the future would have held for us without this positive opportunity for a hand up to improve the quality of our lives?! I look forward to paying it forward now!

1 Valerie B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

In 2001, Movin' Out assisted me to organize the funding sources I needed to purchase my first home -- a condominium in downtown -- completely barrier free to meet my physical access needs. The Housing Counselor walked me through the whole process of pre-qualifying for a mortgage and coordinated all the paperwork so I could obtain city, state and county funds to assist with the down payment and a low-interest loan through WHEDA. A great organization to work with!

Brad

Board Member

Rating: 5

Movin' Out helped me buy a house in 2010 and in the fall of 2012 they also helped with getting a deck built on the back of my house. They offer a great service to people with disablilities and i am grateful for all their help.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Movin' Out helped me purchase a home for me and my son. My life changed forever 5 years ago when i suffered a spinal cord injury and i was forced to re-evaluate my life goals. I went back to school and graduated in '10 with an associates degree in human services. I found a job and then my thoughts turned to purchasing a house. Movin' Out helped my by finding over $45000 in loans to help me buy my house. I could have never afforded such a beautiful home and i look forward to living there with my son. My counselor Amy, at Movin' Out helped me with every step of the way through the purchase offer right up to the closing. I'm forever grateful to her and Movin' Out for making my dream come true.

2 Sheila20

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have served on the board of directors for just over a year. I am a life long educator, and have dedicated my career to providing equitable services to students. When I found out about Movin' Out, and their mission of providing support to people with disabilities in owning their own home, in integrated community settings, I knew I wanted to get involved with this organization. It has been nothing but a positive experience to see the difference we make in the lives of individuals and their families. The staff is top-notch, the organization is well run, the fiscal house is in order, and it provides a life-changing service. Highly recommended.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

For the last 6 years I have served as a parent representative on the Movin'Out Board. I represented family members specifically from Northern WI, but as a Director of the Wisconsin Statewide Parent-Educator Initiative, I represent the voices of all families in WI. It was an honor to serve on this board and get to know all the board members and the services that Movin' Out could provide families and the connections they have with other agencies. This non-profit deserves so much recognition for the great opportunities they provide for adults with disabilities to live more independently and to have access to their community resources. As I pass the torch of my role to other parent representatives to serve on this board, I value the connections this agency has given me to help parents look at long-term living supports for their young adult.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

When our son was diagnosed with autism seven years ago, the plan we'd had for our lives was derailed. In the years since then we have devoted every spare penny and all our time to helping him realize his full potential. With very little savings and only one moderate income we gave up on our dream of owning a home and having a back yard in which our son could play. We struggled to find room for all of his therapy equipment in the rentals we could afford. Then we were referred to Movin' Out and through the wonderful support and guidance of Rebecca and the well-organized process Movin' Out has established, we made our way through the steps of finding a home in which to raise our boy. We have lived in and loved our home for over a year and feel grateful every day for the opportunity. The folks at Movin' Out worked a small miracle in piecing together multiple funding sources for us. They helped us prepare for the responsibility we were taking on in buying a house. They offered encouragement, practical and emotional support, and celebrated with us when the keys were in our hand. It was a really amazing thing to find and work with an organization whose mission is to bring about such a profound change in the lives of people with disabilities and their families. The gifts of roots, comfort, and building a place in our community are beyond description. We would never have known these if not for Movin' Out.

3 Amy M.

Donor

Rating: 5

Movin' Out is a fabulous place to work as well as being a meaningful, successful, one-of-a-kind organization in Wisconsin that works with people with disabilities to come up with housing solutions. With a dedicated housing counselor, a person with a disability (and their family in many cases) develop short and long term housing plans, some of which include receiving down payment assistance funds, rehab or housing accessibility funds, an affordable rental home or just financial planning to improve their housing situation in the future. Everybody wins: communities add new taxpayers, money is saved by the human services system, affordable housing stock increases and quality of life goes up.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I know the staff members at Movin Out, and I can honestly say that they're genuinely committed to the work that they do. I have been involved with them from the financial side of their organization and they really do fill a void in the community.

C. Thomas C.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

When I came to work for Dungarvin in Madison in 1995, I looked for an opportunity to continue the work I had done in Illinois, where I had put together a consumer home ownership program for the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities. Movin' Out was just getting started, then, and through the support of Marcie Brost and others, two people with disabilities who Dungarvin supported were able to buy their own homes. Since then, I've watched the organization evolve into one of the best nonprofits in Wisconsin concerned with housing issues. They recently made an impact with legislation clarifying that property owned by nonprofit providers of low income housing should not be subject to property taxes. I hoe they keep up the good work.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Movin Out is the absolute best ORGANIZATION AROUND!!! They made it possible for me and my friends to move out of situation that was getting worse e.g. Fish Hatcherty Road into Stonebridge Condos. Movin Out put in unit washer and dryers which have been an absolute lifesaver to my friends. What we do with out them? I feel the area is extremely safe and I have loved living here for the past year. Movin Out went beyond what was expected like putting in Grab bars for me in my apartment and in the bathroom. Movin Out also paid to have railings put outside on the ramp leading into my building which was very much appreciated not only by me but with the residents in the 2420 building. Thank you to Movin Out for having made my first year so enjoyable and I look forward to being apart of this organization for many more years to come.

Jean A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Movin' Out is a really fantastic company that fills a huge gap in the lives of so many people. With help from Movin' Out, we were able to help a young man achieve a level of independence that would not have otherwise been possible. Thanks to their hard work and knowledge of the grants and programs available to people with disabilities, he now has a condo where he'll be able to live comfortably far into the future. The staff at Movin' Out were always extremely helpful, courteous, and hard working. I admit I had some doubts whether we'd be able to make it work, but Movin' Out came through without a moment's hesitation.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with Movin' Out since its inception and have always found it to be wonderfully led work by great, inspired, passionate individuals who serve individuals and families that are now able to find appropriate long term housing solutions that without Movin' Out wouldn't have been possible.

Client Served

Rating: 4

We used Movin Out Inc. to help with the down payment of our first house. We would have never been able to afford a house if it wasn't for Movin Out and there help. The housing counsler was very helpfull and made it a smooth transaction.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As chair of The Equal Opportunity and Affordable Housing committee of the Realtors Association of South Central Wisconsin, and as a lender I have seen first the hand the excellent work Movin Out Inc. does. I have worked personally with clients receiving the funds, as well as along side them in their fundraising efforts, witnessing the incredible differences this money and staff make in these peoples lives.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with Movin' Out for many years and I can tell you that they do very important work, and do it well. Movin' Out not only helps change the lives of people with disabilities through home ownership and community presence; they change communities too. Because of Movin' Out, many, many people who are at risk of living at the margin of society are experiencing the pride of home ownership and contributing in significant ways to their communities. One of the people whom I personally know is Sue, who dreamed of someday owning her own home. Because of Movin' Out, that dream has become a reality, and her quality of life has improved dramatically.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Movin' Out is a great place to volunteer because your work is directly linked to making life a little better, a little easier for people with disabilities who are also living on poverty income.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have collaborated with Movin' Out and consider them one of the best providers of affordable housing for the disabled in the entire state. Well done.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a developer we have worked with Movin' Out Inc. providing affordable, quality,accessible housing over the past 10 plus years. We have closed more than 30 transactions, all of which were were handled extremely professionally by the Movin' Out staff. The communication lines were always open and promises made, were kept. It is always a GREAT PLEASURE to attend a Movin' Out closing and see the joy on the faces of the new owners and their family. Home ownership gives the Movin' Out clients a sense of pride that is as rewarding as anything we see in our business! Jay Bruner President of Bruner Realty and Mgmt., Inc.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Movin' Out really makes a difference in the lives of people affected by a disability. Housing is a huge factor in maintaining independence and they provide that critical assistance for people.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked collaboratively with Movin Out for a number of years. The lives they have positively effected through their hard work and determination is incredible. They do fantastic things in the way of affordable, accessible and quality housing opportunities. They listen, the share, they are innovative and are some of the most creative people I have had the opportunity to work with.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have helped people that receive support from Moving Out acceive their goal of home ownership. I am a realtor and love helping make this happen. Moving Out does an outstanding job of making things work and allowing people the control they deserve and the support they need. Everyone should be allowed to own a home if this is what they want. Moving Out makes this happen and I have been glad to be part of the process.

Board Member

Rating: 3

I love being a board member. One thing I would like to continue to do is help disabilities. I am low income and disabled myself. I moved in with Movin outs help. It is cheaper to own. We do need to figure out how to get more disabilities in condos. You can decorate, paint a condo the way you want it. My painted walls help me calm down when I'm upset. Coming home to my own place is great. I done alot of remodeling to my place so I can start having parties for people in Wheel Chairs and Walkers who miss out on alot of stuff. DISABILITIES NEED THE HELP FROM BUSINESSES LIKE THIS